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David Braun
David  Braun

Artistic Director
&
Conductor

David Braun is a native of Niagara and began his studies in music at the age of 7 on the violin.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Northwestern College in Roseville Minnesota. During his time in Minneapolis, he sang with the Northwestern College Choir and toured internationally as concert master of the Continental Singers & Orchestra, and Communique Singers & Orchestra.

Since returning to St. Catharines in 1989,  David has been teaching at the secondary level for the District School Board of Niagara specializing in the arts.  He teaches band, vocal music and drama. His choral ensembles have participated in numerous choral festivals including the Ontario Vocal Festival, Music Fest National, and the Port Colborne Festival of the Arts where David's choirs have achieved top recognition.

Niagara Residents may be more familiar with David as a violinist with the Niagara Symphony and as a member of Glissandi, a chamber ensemble he founded with his wife & harpist, Deborah, and flutist Doug Miller.

David's love for choral music comes from a rich tradition of choral music in his family and church. It has been enriched both by singing and teaching choral music and performing under many renowned choral conductors as a violinist.


Lynne Honsberger

Accompanist

Lynne Honsberger, a native of the Niagara Region, has enjoyed a full and varied career which includes appearances with numerous choral ensembles and orchestras, and several solo performances.

In addition to her duties with Choralis Camerata, she is the accompanist with both Chorus Niagara and Chorus Niagara Children’s Choir.

Lynne is also the Director of Music at St. Andrew's United Church in Niagara Falls, where she divides her time between traditional and contemporary worship music.  Lynne is also part of a piano duo that performs in concert throughout the Niagara Region. Lynne's passion for music is equaled, if not surpassed, by her passion for golf.

      Les Block

Assistant Artistic Director

 

Les's early love for music came from an enormously musical family who loved to sing, especially four part harmony. As his tastes in music broadened, he learned to play the trombone. His formal and most formative years of education took him to Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he earned a Bachelor of Church Music from Canadian Mennonite University and a Hons. Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Winnipeg. He studied piano with Irmgard Baerg, and choral conducting with Dr. William Baerg. It was his great delight to participate with the Mennonite Festival Chorus and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra on many occasions, and meet great conductors/composers like Bramwell Tovey, Robert Shaw, and Victor Davies. Les continues to make music both with Choralis, in Niagara, and at the Port Rowan MB Church where he leads worship, sings in a quartet, and leads the choir. Les is pleased to be starting his fifth season with Choralis Camerata and his favourite group of gentlemen, the tenors.

 

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